Hausa and the Chadic Language Family

ISBN 978-3-927620-36-0

Hausa and the Chadic Language Family

A Bibliography

Compiled by: Paul Newman. Series edited by: Franz Rottland †, Rainer Voßen.

Series: ALB African Linguistic Bibliographies Volume 6

20 pp. Roman, 155 pp.
Text language(s): English
Format: 155 x 230 mm
280 g
€ 36.80

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This volume is a bibliography of linguistic essays and monographs on Hausa and other languages of the Chadic family. Hausa is spoken as a first or second language by approximately forty to fifty million people in Nigeria, Niger, northern Ghana, northern Togo, and in the Blue Nile area of the Sudan. The other approx. 125 Chadic languages, the largest of which probably has less than a quarter of a million speakers, are spread throughout north/northeastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, and central Chad.

Given the special position of Hausa within the Chadic family – Hausa being the focus of most of the books and articles written on Chadic languages – the present bibliography has been arranged into two autonomous sections, one on Hausa and one on all the other Chadic languages. This provides Chadists specifically interested in Hausa with a separate bibliography, without neglecting the other Chadic languages.

The bibliography is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, the goal being to list all books, articles, reviews, and Ph.D. and M.A. theses written about Hausa and other Chadic languages. Studies of Hausa literature and texts written in Hausa have been ignored unless they were concerned directly with matters of language and linguistics. Exceptions are older Hausa texts (i.e. 19th or early 20th century) which because of their age serve as useful linguistic source materials.

By contrast, the tendency with the other Chadic languages, all of which are relatively poorly documented, has been to include any published work that provides information about the language.

Under these links you will find further reading and teaching material on the Hausa language and culture:

Accompanying material:



Paul Newman nous a rendu un service inestimable, tout en affichant de façon incontestable les progrès de la recherche dans le domaine.

Henry Tourneux in Méga-Tchad, 1-2 (1998), 24

The Köppe series of African Linguistic Bibliographies is one of the most valuable new resources for African linguistics in our time. The volume at hand is edited by a scholar who is not only eminent in Hausa and Chadic languages in general, but who has long been active in compiling Chadic bibliographies, [...]

We can be sure of accuracy and up-to-dateness in the present work, [...] this is an excellent and valuable piece of work. It is very professionally produced. I found no errors at all in my cursory examination, though the author modestly asks that corrections be sent to him. If this implies that there will be an updated version sometime in the not-distant future, the small scholarly world interested in Hausa and Chadic must rejoice.

M. Lionel Bender in WORD, 49-3 (1998), 403-404

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